Charter School clothing drive helps foster children
RED BANK — The Red Bank Charter School (RBCS) students participated in a clothing-drive fundraiser to benefit foster children in New Jersey.
The fundraiser was a three-day event held at the end of November to support One Simple Wish, a nonprofit that focuses on children in foster care.
“We knew that everything they did was for a foster child,” Brenda Conni, second-grade teacher at the charter school, said on Dec. 10. “I thought it was one thing we could do that wouldn’t cost the parents any money and wouldn’t take much time other than gathering clothes they don’t use.”
The mission of One Simple Wish is to make a difference in the lives of foster children and vulnerable families by granting them simple wishes through the website at www.onesimplewish.org.
Conni’s daughter, Stephanie, is the program manager for the Trenton-based nonprofit, and approached her with the idea of a clothing drive. Conni immediately accepted the opportunity to discuss the idea with her class and reach out to the RBCS community.
“Whenever we reach out to the families at our school, they help us,” she said. “The bags were coming in like crazy.”
She said an independent organization would match the weight of the donated clothes with a monetary donation.
According to Conni, RBCS chooses an organization to support each year as part of the school’s service learning projects.
The purpose is to move beyond academics and guide students toward global learning.
“It provides students with opportunities to experience the importance of true citizenship by working collaboratively with their classmates,” she said.
“These lessons are instilled in them throughout the year and hopefully throughout their lives.”